We are now two terms into fully embedding our new assessment system, based on government guidance this year for age-related expectations, with our fourth set of data due for analysis at the beginning of this term. We are very pleased with our analysis of this system so far, which shows steady progress across all year groups in percentage achievement for Reading, Writing and Maths. Following this year’s government tests, a further information evening will be arranged for parents to share our progress in this new assessment system, as we have come a long way since we first shared our initial system and first set of data in the autumn term. At this same meeting, we will also share our new-style reports.
Schools are regularly assessed each term by the local authority and at the end of the spring term Wokingham judged Oaklands Junior School to be a GOOD School with our School Improvement Officer reporting:
“ The staff at Oaklands Junior School are earnestly working to provide pupils with a rich curriculum which has linkage across the subject areas. Evidence of this curriculum could be seen during a learning walk”.
“Staff are also willing to embrace new initiatives reflecting latest pedagogical thinking. An example of this is the use of Roy Leighton’s ‘Learning Lines’ displayed in the Year 3 classrooms”.
This was as a result of our January cluster INSET, when staff were inspired by the concept of children assessing progress in their own learning along a learning line, from the beginning to the end of a topic/learning question. This at present is being trialled in the lower school.
Our Space Eggsploration display in the reception area was a feature that also caught his eye as he commented on the “creativity and inventive thinking”.